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2003 Amazon rainforest news reports:
• PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMUNITY-BASED ECOTOURISM (DEC 31, 2003)
As we sped up the Tuichi River in a motorized canoe, scarlet macaws squawked by overhead...
• SCIENCE WATCH: WORLD ON BRINK OF NEW ERA? (DEC 29, 2003)
It is the year 2100. The Amazon jungle is no more, replaced by a vast savannah dotted with a few remaining fragments of forest.
• EAT CHOCOLATES AND SAVE THE BRAZILIAN RAINFOREST (DEC 28, 2003)
Maybe you can wolf down those chocolates you got for Christmas with a clear conscience after all. For, though they may do your waistline no good, they might just helpto save the world.
• CHILDREN THROW FAUNA TRAFFICKERS A LIFELINE (DEC 26, 2003)
In the heart of Brazil's rainforest, a riverboat nudges up to a trading post along the January river, an Amazon tributary. Children laden with animals quickly converge on the passengers. In the heart of Brazil's rainforest, a riverboat nudges up to a trading post along the January river, an Amazon tributary. Children laden with animals quickly converge on the passengers.
• ECUADOR: MORE CONFLICT OVER OIL, INDIGENOUS RIGHTS (DEC 19, 2003)
On the eve of an historic march to protest plans for oil extraction on their sacred homeland and denounce the series of human rights violations that their community endured...
• BRITISH GREENPEACE WOMAN MISSING IN THE AMAZON (DEC 13, 2003)
A British Greenpeace activist is missing in the Amazon delta where she has been campaigning against illegal logging, the environmental group said today. (Related articles: UK Telegraph, BBC)
• 'PLAN COLOMBIA' FORCES SPRAYING IN COLOMBIAN NATIONAL PARKS; PUBLIC HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES OF PROGRAM QUESTIONED (DEC 11, 2003)
Oakland, Calif.,For the first time, the U.S. Congress has officially acknowledged that U.S. funds for the "Plan Colombia" drug eradication program may be used to spray coca and poppy crops located in Colombian national parks... (Related articles: earthjustice.org)
• PERU NATIVES SAY 'NO' TO BORDER OIL EXPLORATION (DEC 04, 2003)
LimaIndigenous peoples who say environmental damage from oil is killing their tribal elders warned on Thursday they were ready to take up arms...
• LOST FOREST FUELS MALARIA (NOV 28, 2003)
Destruction of the Amazon rainforest is opening the door to malaria-bearing mosquitoes, researchers are warning.
• BRAZIL: GREENPEACE; THREATENED AMAZON ACTIVISTS NEED YOUR URGENT HELP! (NOV 28, 2003)
The protest and threats were aimed not only against Greenpeace, which has been exposing illegal logging in the region...
• DISRUPTED FORESTS 'RELEASE MORE CARBON' (NOV 28, 2003)
New research suggests that older Amazon rainforests that have experienced drought or other natural disturbances may give out more carbon than they take up. (Related articles: BBC, ABC Australia
• ASHCROFT VS. GREENPEACE (NOV 27, 2003)
WashingtonOn April 12, 2002, two Greenpeace activists in inflatable boats approached the APL Jade, a cargo ship that was bringing mahogany into Miami in "violation of United States and international law" and climbed abroad carrying a sign...
• BOILING OIL: CHEVRONTEXACO FACES ECUADOR"S COURTS (NOV 17, 2003)
Lago Agrio, EcuadorHigh-level corporate lawyers from ChevronTexaco sat in the same packed muggy courtroom as bare-breasted Amazonian men and women on October 21, the start of what the national media referred to as The Trial of the Century.
• UK CUTS RAINFOREST FUNDING TO MEET IRAQ COSTS (NOV 12, 2003)
Britain is to slash its aid program aimed at saving the Amazon rainforest and preserving the culture of its people to meet the soaring cost of rebuilding Iraq.
• ECUADOR: ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNER ASSASSINATED (NOV 12, 2003)
On November 4, just days after a Ecuador court began hearing a lawsuit against ChevronTexaco for damages caused in the Amazon rainforest since the 1970s, Angel Shingre, a well-known peasant leader and human rights campaigner, was assassinated...
• MY LONDON: GREEN HOUSE EFFECT (NOV 12, 2003)
Donnachadh McCarthy, 44, from Camberwell, south London, was a ballet dancer before a chance trip to the Amazon rainforest changed his life.
• HEINZ CENTER PRESIDENT TOM LOVEJOY ON HABITAT FRAGMENTATION AND TIME TO EXTINCTION (NOV 03, 2003)
Washington DCContinuing development of natural areas around the world means that conservation managers need to know how quickly they must act to counter the effects of habitat fragmentation.
• SCIENTIST RECOMMENDS PETROECUADOR FACE POLLUTION TRIAL (OCT 30, 2003)
Lago Agrio, Ecuador -- A Spanish scientist working with plaintiffs in a lawsuit accusing Texaco of polluting part of Ecuador's Amazon jungle said Wednesday that the company's former partner state-owned Petroecuador should also face trial.
• MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY (OCT 30, 2003)
Multinational corporations need to start taking responsibility for the way their actions affect not only the environment but also the people of the countries they conquer.
• PERSONAL VOICES: ASHCROFT'S ATTACK ON GREENPEACE (OCT 30, 2003)
Yesterday the Greenpeace ship MV Esperanza arrived in Miami. However, rather than pulling into port, as Greenpeace ships do throughout the world, she will remain at .
• OIL GIANT IN THE DOCK (OCT 28, 2003)
ChevronTexaco could be fined hundreds of millions of dollars and be forced to spend more than $1bn cleaning up pollution from 28 years of oil extraction in Ecuador , if a court case which has opened in a small frontier town on the edge of the Amazon forest finds against it.
• GREENPEACE SHIP BARRED FROM DOCKING AT PORT OF MIAMI (OCT 27, 2003)
A Greenpeace ship that was refused docking rights at the Port of Miami set three miles offshore Monday morning and underwent a routine boarding by U.S. Coast Guard officials.
• SPARK OF HOPE IN BLIGHTED AMAZON (OCT 09, 2003)
Sit in one of the open-air bars in the central square of Manaus, admiring the imposing bulk of the Amazonian state capital’s military police headquarters, and within minutes someone will whisper in your ear, "Pasta?"
• GRASS IS GREEN FOR AMAZON FARMERS (OCT 08, 2003)
Campo Limpo, BrazilJosé Mateus has placed his hopes for the future in the sweet-scented grass now reaching shoulder height in the fields he farms not far from where he lives with his family of four sons and over a dozen grandchildren in this poor dusty community on the Amazon delta.
• BRAZIL BOMBS DRUG TRAFFICKERS' JUNGLE AIRSTRIPS (OCT 06, 2003)
Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Brazil Brazil is launching airstrikes on clandestine Amazon landing strips in an effort to halt the shipment of Colombian drugs...
• SNAKES, SPIDERS IN JAYNE'S JUNGLE RACE (OCT 03, 2003)
Wading across snake infested swamps was one of the hazards for a mother-of-two who has just completed one of the world's toughest races.
• GOING MAHOGANY WILD (SEP 29, 2003)
Illegal logging of mahogany is escalating in Peru, threatening the Amazon rainforest and a number of indigenous groups that live in its remote reaches.
• MAHOGANY, PERU & POVERTY: NRDC'S ECO-LIES CONTINUE (SEP 19, 2003)
According to the website of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Tahuamanu Rainforest of Peru is a tropical paradise that "until recently, has seen no human impacts beyond those of traditional, sustainable communities."
• BRAZIL: TRYING TO SAVE THE FORESTS (SEP 19, 2003)
The conservation and recuperation of the remnants of araucária forests in the South of Brazil is a long-standing demand of environmentalists...
• COLOMBIA HAILS DRUG CROP DROP (SEP 18, 2003)
Drug cultivation in Colombia has fallen by more than 30% so far this year, according to a United Nations report.
• AMAZON RAINFOREST WAS HOME TO HIGHLY ELABORATE CIVILISATION (SEP 19, 2003)
The Amazon is known today as a rainforest whose natural resources are under threat from human incursion. But before Europeans arrived in the 15th century it was home to dense populations served by a complex of public plazas, roads and canals.
• LOST CITIES OF THE AMAZON REVEALED (SEP 18, 2003)
WashingtonNewly discovered traces of ancient roads, bridges, and plazas in Brazil's tropical forest may help dispel the once-popular impression of an "untouched" Amazon before the Europeans' arrival. In southern Brazil...
• A NEW RESERVE FOR RAINFOREST (SEP 18, 2003)
The World Land Trust announced today the purchase of the first part of the Christopher Parsons Rainforest. The WLT's partner organisation in Ecuador...
• TOFU TYRANNY (SEP 17, 2003)
The Soybean King couldn't care less about the Amazon. Blairo Maggi, the governor of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, is also an agricultural magnate who made his fortune meeting the growing worldwide demand for soybeans and, in the process, clearing thousands of square miles of Amazon rainforest.
• DESPITE ADVANCES, THREATS TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ABOUND (SEP 15, 2003)
Although great advances have been made in international law standards designed to uphold the rights of indigenous peoples around the world, there is a depressingly long list of things happening which threaten their continued survival. Among the threats are mining...
• SIX NEW PROTECTED AREAS IN AMAZON ANNOUNCED AT WORLD PARKS CONGRESS (SEP 10, 2003)
Durban, South Africa The Brazilian state of Amazonas announced at the World Parks Congress (WPC) in South Africa Wednesday the creation of six new protected areas covering extensive portions of tropical rainforest.
• COMMUNITY TO INVEST MONEY IN SELF-SUSTAINING PROJECTS (SEP 10, 2003)
The indigenous Panará people are celebrating. On July 29, they received a US$420,000 settlement from the Brazilian government for damages suffered from contact with the outside world as well as their forced relocation from ancestral lands. They were displaced because of the construction of the trans-Amazon highway BR-163...
• HAVE YOUR SAY ON CONTROVERSIAL PERUVIAN PIPELINE PROJECT (SEP 10, 2003)
The indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon face a project that threatens their very existence with big ties to the White House.
• AMAZON COULD DRY UP IN 50 YEARS (SEP 9, 2003)
The Amazon rainforest in Brazil could dry up and die out in 50 years because of global warming.
• BUSH, DON'T FUND PERU RAINFOREST RUIN CELEBRITIES (SEP 8, 2003)
Lima, Peru A group of show business stars urged President Bush not to let U.S. tax dollars destined for a Peruvian energy project be used to fund the ruin of one of the planet's most precious rainforests. The letter, signed by Susan Sarandon, Chevy Chase, Ruben Blades, Kevin Bacon, Jessica Lange and rock star Sting...
• EYES IN THE RAINFOREST (SEP 8, 2003)
A controversial Brazilian project called SIVAM enables surveillance and rapid military response in the Amazon jungle -- an area half the size of the United States (including Alaska). But what is really behind the new plan?
• PERU DEFENDS AMAZON GAS PLANS (SEP 5, 2003)
The Peruvian President, Alejandro Toledo, has dismissed protests by environmentalists and Hollywood stars over a controversial gas pipeline project in the Amazon. Mr Toledo insisted that the Camisea project "respects the environment, ancestral cultures and our people" and said he would not let "extremists" paralyse Peru's development.
• FDL NATIVE STUDIES IN THE AMAZON (AUG 22, 2003)
During the first night that he spent in an Amazonian rainforest as part of a biology research team, a Fond du Lac native learned two important and unforgettable lessons.
• BRAZIL SHOPS FOR SA ARMS (AUG 17, 2003)
Another major arms deal may be in the wings as the Brazilian Air Force comes window-shopping in South Africa tomorrow to look at attack helicopters and jet fighters.
• LULA: TREE-HUGGER HE ISN'T (JUL 18, 2003)
Is Lula becoming the nightmare of ecologists? In a visit to the Amazon, the Brazilian President lamented how the Amazon has not received investments over the years in the name of preservation.
• RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE (JUL 17, 2003)
It is, quite literally, a jungle out there. A sloth had been murdered (well, killed) in the Amazon and David Attenborough went all CSI to unmask its murderer (well, killer).
• BRAZIL TRIES TO PREVENT AMAZON DEFORESTATION (JUL 03, 2003)
Brasilia — Brazil announced measures to fight Amazon deforestation yesterday, days after researchers warned development projects are destroying the rainforest at an increasing rate.
• BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT REVEALS ALARMING RATE OF DEFORESTATION IN AMAZON (JUL 02, 2003)
Washington, D.C. An unexpectedly high rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest announced by the Brazilian government indicates that urgent, sweeping measures are needed to save this area of global importance, according to WWF.
• POW! WOW! THE SPIRIT OF BRAZIL (JUN 30, 2003)
Brazilian Spirit of the Amazon is very similar to modern American comics. Its content, however, is highly charged with political substance, which gives it a dimension that is unique.
• THE GREAT RAINFOREST TRAGEDY (JUN 28, 2003)
Of all the world's great environmental tragedies it is the most compelling, and yesterday the deforestation of the Amazon was shown to be taking a huge turn for the worse.
• DESTRUCTION OF AMAZON RAINFORESTS ACCELERATING (JUN 27, 2003)
Newly released satellite imaging data has revealed a 40 per cent jump in deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforests.
• SATELLITE VIEW SHOWS AMAZON RAINFOREST SHRINKING FAST (JUNE 27, 2003)
Brasilia, Brazil, (ENS) The new deforestation rate in the Amazon announced by the Brazilian government has shocked conservationists, who said that drastic measures are needed to reverse a large increase in clearing since last year. The world's largest tropical rainforest is being rapidly cleared for agriculture, including soy bean fields and cattle ranches.
• SEBASTIAN WOMAN'S SALES PITCH: 'I EAT ALGAE. ASK ME WHY.' (JUN 27, 2003)
'I guess I have always been interested in health,' said Sebastian resident Mariana de Jesus. … Today, the 45-year-old sells Amazon herbs and algae products at a booth at the Green Acres Flea and Farmers' Market in Fellsmere.
• BRAZIL ALLOWS SUSTAINABLE MAHOGANY HARVEST (JUN 24, 2003)
Brasilia, Brazil, (ENS) Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva has established new rules for the harvest and marketing of mahogany. According to the new decision, announced earlier this month, it will be possible to extract this lucrative species with a sustainable management plan.
• EMPIRE EDITORIAL: 'STATE OF DENIAL' (JUN 15, 2003)
Provocative report on California's transfer of environmental impacts
The Sacramento Bee has published another brilliant report authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tom Knudson. … The report explores the global environmental impact of California as a consumer state. … The lengthy, but easy-to-read report is divided into three chapters. The first deals with the enormous environmental impact of oil development along the Amazon basin and traces the end product back to California consumers.
• LONG-TERM STUDY OF HUMANS AND DEFORESTATION IN AMAZON BASIN GETS NEW SUPPORT (JUN 11, 2003)
Bloomington, Ind., (AScribe Newswire) A long-term study of human population and deforestation in the dwindling Amazon rainforest, conducted by anthropologist Emilio Moran and his colleagues at Indiana University Bloomington, is continuing with the support of a new $1.63 million, four-year grant.
• RIVERS THREATENED BY DEVELOPMENT (APR 25, 2003)
World Rivers Review. Transforming the region's rivers into industrial "highways" will harm the environment. From the Lacandon rainforest of Mexico and Guatemala to the Amazon and La Plata rivers in Brazil and Argentina, governments and multinational companies plan to exploit the hydroelectric potential of the region's rivers and carve water "highways" through their basins.
• SATELLITE COULD CRASH IN AMAZON (APR 25, 2003)
Brasilia, Brazil (Reuters) The Brazilian Space Agency said on Thursday an Italian satellite that was deactivated last year may crash in the Amazon jungle in the coming days.
• ETHNOBOTANIST SHEDS LIGHT ON POTENTIAL OF PLANTS (APR 17, 2003)
Tell someone you plan to see a shaman instead of a doctor or that you plan to take medicinal plants instead of prescription drugs, and chances are they will react with skepticism and some good-natured ribbing...
• ECUADOR OIL PIPELINE TO START PUMPING IN SEPTEMBER (APR 15, 2003)
Washington A new pipeline will start pumping crude out of the Ecuadorian Amazon in September, a top official said on the weekend, setting the stage for the country to double its output soon.
• UP IN SMOKE (APR 11, 2003)
Brazil Forest fires spread alarmingly through the northwestern state of Roraima in March, penetrating Yanomami indigenous territory near the border with Venezuela. Some 300,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest was also destroyed by fires that began at the end of February in the Barcelos region, some 1,800 miles northwest of Sčo Paulo, reported the federal environment institute IBAMA.
• CAUSTIC SODA SPILLS DOWN TWO BRAZILIAN RIVERS (APR 2, 2003)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil A chemical spill at a wood pulping factory at Cataguazes in Minas Gerais state has affected the water supply of seven cities in Minas Gerais and the neighboring state of Rio de Janeiro. Officials have declared the spill an "ecological disaster,"... More on the spill.
• CONSTANCY IN THE VEGETATION OF THE AMAZON BASIN DURING THE LATE PLEISTOCENE (APR 1, 2003)
In this study, we characterized the composition of organic matter preserved in sediments from the Amazon Deep Sea Fan. The sediments in this large geological feature present in the offshore region of Brazil's central coast were deposited between 70,000 and 10,000 years ago...
• GIANT GOES FOR WILD RUBBER (MAR 31, 2003)
In a world full of plastics and synthetics, few natural products are as indispensable as rubber. But most rubber these days is produced on plantations – areas of land cleared of their natural plants and animals to make way for serried ranks of rubber trees. Yet rubber can be sustainably produced and in the Amazon rainforests...
• OIL BEFORE PEOPLE (MAR 22, 2003)
Indigenous fight oil exploration in ancestral lands: Land rights agreements are being torn up by local authorities and oil companies as the search for new energy sources encroaches further into virgin Amazon rainforest.
• ARMY FIGHTS AMAZON BLAZE (MAR 18, 2003)
The army in Brazil has been sent in to fight forest fires which are spreading out of control in an area of the northern Amazon rainforest.
• CREATOR OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST RAINFOREST PRESERVE DIES (MAR 17, 2003)
José Márcio Ayres, conservation biologist who protected people while preserving the Amazon, dies aged 49.
• THE AMAZON UNDER THREAT (MAR 13, 2003)
According to conservationists, oil & gas mega-projects in the area could destroy world's largest rain forest system in a relatively short period of time
• INDIGENOUS STRUGGLE IN ECUADOR BECOMES A "CAUSE BEYOND CONTROL" (MAR 13, 2003)
Force majeure -- literally "major force" but translated aLso as "cause beyond control" -- usually describes unforeseen natural catastrophes such as earthquakes or major upheavals such as wars, which can void the obligations of a legal contract. But the Ecuadorian government now uses force majeure to describe legitimate community opposition to oil concessions on indigenous territory in the Amazon rainforest.
• DESPERATE FARMERS FLOCK TO AMAZON FOR LOGGING WORK (MAR 13, 2003)
Every week truckloads of farmers desperate for work leave their homes and begin the grueling journey down the eastern flanks of the Peruvian Andes to southeastern Peru, deep in the Amazon River Basin.
• GROUP STUDIES USE OF PLANTS IN AMAZON (MAR 11, 2003)
Some of us beat winter with a cup of hot cocoa by the fire, maybe adding a big bowl of popcorn. Dr. Wendell Combest has a better idea. Combest took off for northeastern Peru early in February and found the Amazonian rain forest a perfect antidote to winter blues.
• FIRST 'FULL-BODY SCAN' OF EVOLVING THUNDERSTORM TAKEN (JAN 19, 2003)
David Atlas of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., has gathered the data collected from an unusual storm over the Amazon rainforest in February 1999 and arranged it into an intriguing image of the storm clouds' inner workings.
• "SURVIVOR: AMAZON" CAST REVEALED (JAN 13, 2003)
It's Mars versus Venus as 16 all new Survivor contestants struggle to be crowned king or queen of the jungle. CBS announced its new crop of castaways today for Survivor: The Amazon. And the Eye promises a new twist in the sixth installment of the successful franchise, billing it the "ultimate battle of sexes."
• OIL FEVER CASTS PALL OVER AMAZON ECO-PARADISE (JAN 10, 2003)
Kapawi, Ecuador The kiskadee's bright yellow breast glitters as the small bird loops over the lagoon while across the water a sloth edges its careful way along the underside of a tree branch.
• PERUVIAN AIRLINER MISSING IN AMAZON JUNGLE (JAN 09, 2003)
Lima A Peruvian airliner carrying 46 people, including eight children, disappeared Thursday amid cloud-covered mountains in the Amazon jungle. Heavy rain hampered the
• SEARCH ON IN AMAZON FOR MISSING PLANE (JAN 09, 2003)
Peru's air force was searching for a plane carrying 42 passengers and four crew members that disappeared while flying over Peru's Amazon jungle
• AMAZON FOREST FIRES 'BELATED KILLERS' (JAN 07, 2003)
Years after the fire, the damage becomes clear: Fires in the Amazon forest are killing more trees than anyone had realised, according to UK scientists. They say the fires have a delayed effect, with trees often dying two or three years after they were damaged.
• ANCIENT AMAZON BREW COMES TO COLOMBIA'S CITIES (JAN 02, 2003)
Bogota They crouch in a daze as the shaman plays the harmonica, forcing themselves to gulp down a murky liquid so bitter it makes them sick. It is a long, dizzy night in a smoky room wheezing with ritual music. But, perhaps just a precious few times, with their eyelids clamped shut, the brew takes effect and they see visions. Colors flow into shapes, swirl then snap into focus.
• AMAZON WILDFIRES CONTRIBUTE TO CARBON PROBLEM (JAN 02, 2003)
More trees are dying following forest fires in the Amazon than was previously thought according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).